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Jackson Says Police Hurt Him

Accused singer speaks out for first time since arrest

December 29, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Michael Jackson said that he was "manhandled" by police during his arrest last month, suffering injuries to his arms, including a dislocated shoulder, that continue to cause him pain. Jackson spoke with 60 Minutes' Ed Bradley on Christmas day in an interview that aired yesterday.

"I'm in pain all the time," Jackson said. "It keeps me from sleeping at night." Jackson said that arresting officers placed handcuffs too tightly on his wrists causing swelling. CBS's Web site offers a photo of Jackson, believed to be taken after the arrest, with bruises on his wrist.

Jackson, 45, also accused authorities of trying to "belittle me, to try and take away my pride." Among his charges was the accusation that he was locked into a restroom for approximately forty-five minutes. "There was doo doo, feces thrown all over the walls, the floor, the ceiling" he said. "Then one of the policemen came by the window and he made a sarcastic remark. He said, 'Does it smell good enough for you in there?' So I just sat there and waited."

Though authorities didn't offer grant the show an interview, earlier this month, the Santa Barbara District Attorney's office offered a statement in response to allegations that Jackson was mistreated. "Mr. Jackson was treated with courtesy and professionalism throughout the process," it read. "At no time was he mishandled or subjected to any form of mistreatment. His attorney and security staff thanked members of the Sheriff's Department for the professionalism demonstrated throughout the course of the process. Furthermore, there is a formal complaint process available to any person who believes they have been mistreated. There have been no complaints lodged by Mr. Jackson or his attorney."

Jackson is charged with seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under fourteen, as well as two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. He turned himself into authorities on November 20th and was freed on $3 million bail. He will be arraigned next month.

Jackson and Bradley also addressed the child molestation accusations, which Jackson maintained were "totally false." "Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists," he said.

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